Today is the 238th Birthday of the U.S. Navy. To commemorate this day, iFreedom Direct has created an infographic to honor seven men who are living proof of the courageous acts that have been recognized with the Congressional Medal of Honor.
The Navy and Marine Corps’ Medal of Honor is the oldest continuously awarded honor in the United States. The Navy was also the first organization in the military to offer soldiers a distinguished honor for remarkable actions. The award was created in 1861 by Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles. Welles wanted to recognize naval officers who showed exemplary service. At one point, the Navy Medal of Honor awarded combat and non-combat soldiers for their efforts. However, to be eligible for the award today, soldiers must exemplify gallant efforts while facing the enemy.
Medal of Honor recipients have to be nominated by two witnesses present during combat. Then, the review process for the award begins until it reaches the President of the United States. Recipients of the award are entitled to a monthly pension and burial at Arlington National Cemetery.
Since 1861, 747 military members have been awarded the Navy Medal of Honor. The brave soldiers faced tough situations on enemy land and often managed to save wounded comrades. Only seven of these brave heros are living proof of selflessness in the line of duty.
These seven distinguished servicemen went above and beyond the call of duty, displaying sheer heroism in their military careers. The men’s heroism, bravery and love of country are attributes that all Americans should strive to achieve. To learn more about these Medal of Honor recipients, visit https://www.ifreedomdirect.com/navyhonor.
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